Chocolate Kahlua Bread Pudding

I remember the first time I had bread pudding. I was in college, a time where I was exposed to so many new things outside of my (wonderful!) sheltered small-town upbringing. Armed with a dessert coupon to an upscale local restaurant, I remember reading “bread pudding” on the menu and wrinkling my nose. What an odd thing to have for dessert! “No, it’s good!” my friend tried to convince me — and from that first creamy bite, I was hooked.

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Happy Year of the Dragon, my friends!

新年快乐!xīn nián kuài lè [Mandarin Chinese] — literally “new year has come” 🙂

Wishing you and yours all the best. New year, new start. 除旧布新 chú jiù bù xīn, “blow off the cobwebs” or “replace the old with the new.”

Sichuan Peppercorn Noodles

Here’s a fast, tasty, and very flexible meal that seems more special than the typical weeknight dinner. Cooked noodles are tossed with a somewhat spicy, incredibly flavorful oil, tender-crisp veggies and a protein source — for a balanced, one-bowl meal.

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